Category: Europe

Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

[ 1 ] July 10, 2014 |

If the French nation is truly secular, why does it not purge its Catholic national favoritism? After all, only about 20 percent of all French people consider themselves devout.   by CLAUDIA KOONZ for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 10, 2014:  The recent European Court of Human Rights decision to uphold the French ban against niqabs (full-faced veils, showing only […]

Read More

What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

Muslims around the world are fasting this month for Ramadan  via EMEL MEDIA:  Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast? (emel media commissioned this video to find out: www.emel.com)

Read More

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 27, 2014:  *The Muslim community in America and around the world are observing the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don). The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July. [NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months […]

Read More

A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 24, 2014: * updated JUNE 27, 2014 Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted today, Monday, June 23, on charges of broadcasting false news and aiding a terrorist organization (referring to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood).  The journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been imprisoned in […]

Read More

LISTEN: Ireland Tops ‘Islamicity’ Index

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

via BBC RADIO on JUNE 4, 2014:  The Islamicity Index ranks countries on how well they adhere to the Koran – so it may be a surprise that the top three are Ireland, Denmark and Luxembourg. Not a single majority Muslim country made the top 25 – Saudi Arabia was 91st. So what’s the reasoning? […]

Read More

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

Read More

Pew: Mounting Regional Opposition to Aiding Syrian Rebels

Pew: Mounting Regional Opposition to Aiding Syrian Rebels

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014 |

via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT, on JUNE 16, 2014:

Read More

Amine Tais on Humanism and Islam

[ 0 ] June 12, 2014 |

by AMINE TAIS for (Worlds of Amine Tais) on MAY 22, 2014:  “Inna al-insāna ashkala ʿalayhi al-insānu” —Al-Tawḥīdī In Western popular discourses humanism and renaissance are two of the least likely concepts that can be associated with Islam. Islam is often presented as anti-humanist par excellence. Isn’t Islam the submission to the will of God and […]

Read More

Pope Francis and the Holy Land: Is Religion the Pathway to Peace?

Pope Francis and the Holy Land: Is Religion the Pathway to Peace?

[ 1 ] June 10, 2014 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 10, 2014:  “A Christian, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a… “ Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s a serious refrain that’s become especially familiar over the last few weeks. In May, the Pope makes a Holy Land pilgrimage to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem […]

Read More

WATCH: Muslim Headscarves in Europe, the Crucifix, the Courts, and Popular Media

[ 0 ] June 10, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 10, 2014:  Claudia Koonz, a Professor Emeritus of History from Duke University, delivered a fascinating presentation on “Muslim Headscarves and the European Court of Human Rights” this Spring during a workshop at Duke University on “Reasonable Accommodations: Minorities in the Globalized Nation States.” Koonz laid out four 1990s case […]

Read More